SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – A new study ranking school systems across the country put Illinois among the best in the nation.
The website WalletHub analyzed 33 metrics – including test scores, dropout rate, pupil to teacher ratio, and statewide school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Illinois ranked 13th in the nation, boosted by median ACT scores, which were tied for 4th best in the country. However, the state scored poorly in the category of threatened or injured high school students and incidents of bullying.
The rankings also took into account the number of Illinois schools appearing in U.S. News and World Report’s “Top 700 U.S. Schools” list. Payton College Preparatory High School in Chicago was ranked at the top in the state and ninth in the country.
The report said the quality of public school systems varies widely from state to state and is often the question of funding.